A school fee would deprive students of learning life skills

Published: September 21, 2012

Regarding “Skiatook to require students to pay fee” (News, Sept. 13): On the surface, the $25 fee mandated for high school students in the Skiatook school district appears to be a benefit to most parents. However, the board of education is doing a great disservice to the students by depriving them of learning some valuable life skills. Recent generations of children have been provided for so adequately that they don't want to “work” for anything. The $25 fee seems to be just another example of mom and/or dad “paying the way.”

I have great respect for the young people who go door to door selling overpriced sausage, bacon, popcorn, pretzels, cookie dough, magazine subscriptions and numerous other items for their cause; I support them when possible. They're developing their work ethic, learning communication skills, learning how to handle money and record-keeping. Most of all they're learning that there's no such thing as a free lunch.

I hope other schools don't adopt this practice but instead allow their students to “earn” the money to offset the cost of their activities. Just like in the real world.

James Duea, Yukon

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